John Beltran returns to his ambient roots with a sprawling and intimate collection that draws listeners into peaceful dreamscapes. Human Engine never strays far from a simplistic, melodic beauty. Take in “Some Place New,” a soothingly pleasant tune with engaging chimes and bells set to lullaby tempo. The record is like a new spiritual awakening, encompassing the collective experiences of an artist who has blossomed and matured in his own right. One of his most accessible albums to date, it’s a personal journey worth taking.